Each person you meet today has the potential to be one day either the most horrendous creature you could ever imagine or a person of such beauty, strength, and love that if you could see this person now as he will one day be, you would be tempted to worship this creature! When is this day? No, this upcoming day is not Halloween when costumes are donned, but it is the day when our true hearts are revealed at the final judgment for all people after Christ returns!
Each person is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), but because of sin that image is defaced and broken. And yet, it is not completely destroyed, for the image of God still exists in part in each person (Genesis 9:6). However, at the last judgment, each person will fully become what he or she trusted in. If a person placed her faith in Jesus the broken image of God will on that day be fully restored. When she sees Jesus face-to-face, she will become as she was created to be. All that is sin and false and evil and fallen in her life will be destroyed and will be replaced with all that is pure and true and noble. As John writes, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). What will happen though, if a person rejected Jesus in this life? If she denied his Lordship, and trusted in herself or in another false god, at the last judgment she will be cast away from God’s presence. What was good in her – the image of God – will then be completely lost in Hell.
Today, the potential for appalling evil exists in all of our hearts. If you are repulsed by this evil that lives within, you can find victory from it through Jesus. He is able to free you from your dominion to the devil and the evil desires that rule your depraved heart. It is only through Jesus that the evil in your life can be defeated. When a person trusts in Jesus, the battle against evil begins, as the Christian then strives by God’s strength to put aside evil desires and to grow in Christlikeness (the true image of God). And though this battle is hard and life-long there is a promised end to it. Triumph is assured, for one day the evil within will be completely vanquished when the Christian fully sees God (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Therefore, do not celebrate darkness, death, evil or sin! Do not laugh or celebrate a hideous costume that may foreshadow the future of the one wearing it. When it comes to horrors of hell, we must not minimize the horrendous potential within each of us. Boldly proclaim that evil can be defeated. There is a life that can bring life to the walking dead – Jesus (John 1:4; Ephesians 2:1). Rejoice in this!
If you are in Jesus, you were at one time in darkness, but now you have the light of Jesus in you. Therefore, walk as a child of light!
During this season, don’t just go with the current culture. Ask yourself the question, “What are specific ways I can be intentional to bring the light of Jesus to my neighbors and to this community?” And please realize, there is an eternal difference between having fun playing dress up as knights, princesses, and super-heroes and playing with evil by pretending the darkness and evil that permeates this season is fun and attractive. Philippians 4:8 is a good filter to pass our approach to this season through. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
This day, let’s celebrate the truth that a man or woman dead in his or her sins can be made alive.
P.S. Here is the full quote from C.S. Lewis, a British writer (note the spellings), that inspired this article.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whome we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously — no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner — no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.” –C. S. Lewis, From The Weight of Glory